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Immolation – Providence (EP)

  • Review by: Adarsh Rajagopal

Immolation are a band that never disappoint. And when I say never I mean never. Since the dawn of possession (pun intended) they have been at the forefront of innovation, delivering pure unadulterated death metal, for 25 years now. Providence is the follow up to their 2010 album Majesty and Decay, an album with which they scaled new heights and settled there. Providence is a 5 song EP that is up for free download, via scion A/V. A way for the band to thank their fans and to reach out to more, who are unaware of this worldwide phenomenon.

The EP begins with What They Bring, brutality unleashed at the first second. Classic Immolation style riffing with the authoritative ruthlessness of Ross Dolan’s vocals. Unbeatably impeccable drumming coupled with tempo changes to soothe the ears that have been starved of this New York Death Metal marvel for close to one and a half years. The second track Illumination carries quite a blackened tone, one not seen quite often. The commanding kick drum leaving little to be desired. The riffs catchy as ever, making one wonder how much heavier can these guys get. Still Lost is a track that walks hand in hand with complexity, you could say technicality. The song gives you the feel of extreme metal being chewed up and spat out, right on your face. The title track is not much of a thrill, except for the sweet solo that it brings to the table. Swallow the Fear, the last track begins at a very different tempo, the kind that makes you feel like you’re marching off to war. Majestic riffing, incredible song writing, perfection portrayed.

Though the EP gets over in about twenty minutes, it has the potential to scar you for life, just as their previous releases. Immolation are a band that can make the devil tremble with fear and make the most religious guys count their blessings. One can never get enough of their unholy majesty. And decay.